West Ham player ratings vs Leeds

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West Ham United advanced in the FA Cup with a 2-0 victory over their other Premier League side Leeds United on Sunday 9 January.

Manuel Lanzini scored the first goal of the match controversially before Jarrod Bowen ended the tie in stoppage time as Marcelo Bielsa’s search for a first win in the oldest World Cup competition continues for another year.

The Hammers are now in the hat for the fourth round where they could face anyone from Manchester City to the Kidderminster Harriers.

Here’s how West Ham Zone rated the Hammers’ performance out of 10 against the Whites:

Alphonse Areole – 6

What a number two goalie to have! Areola wasn’t too troubled by Leeds’ young attack but when needed he seemed established between the sticks.

Ryan Fredericks – 8

For someone who hasn’t started since September, it was a sensational display from Fredericks. His pace kept Dan James silent and he was able to keep bombarding the right flank all afternoon.

Issa Diop – 7

The performance of a modern center-back as Diop looked to get the ball out of defense and into midfield on every opportunity. Did what it took to defend with ease.

Craig Dawson – 8

Opposite Diop, it was a vintage defensive display from Dawson’s FA Cup. The Englishman cleaned up absolutely everything and stepped into the sights when needed.

Ben Johnson – 7

Being a right-handed left-back isn’t the easiest job in football, but Johnson has passed the challenge. Jack Harrison rarely threatened in the first half and even Raphinha’s introduction at half time didn’t upset the 21-year-old.

Declan Rice – 8

In total control of the entire game, Rice seemed to dictate what every player on the pitch was going to do at certain times, even those in white.

Tomas Soucek – 6

A quiet afternoon for the gentle giant, Soucek got it simple and helped woo the busy Leeds midfielder, by no means a bad display but not a stunner either.

Jarrod Bowen – 8

As he always does, Bowen ran absolutely everywhere and was a constant threat from the Hammers’ right side. He was probably offside for the goal but he can’t make the VAR decisions for them. Got his goal in stoppage time.

Manuel Lanzini – 7

The man who got the opener by arriving at the right time and in the right place, Lanzini’s day was otherwise calm even though he still affected the game in the final third.

Nikola Vlasic – 9 (Man of the match)

An exceptional performance from a player who has not yet won. Vlasic’s movement was second to none and he regularly left Leeds players on their backs with his quick changes of direction. He also showed exceptional determination to keep the attack alive for Game 1.

Michel Antonio – 9

He may not have scored, but it was one of Antonio’s best performances of the season. He has intimidated Diego Llorente time and time again causing all kinds of trouble for the Leeds defender.

Alternates:

Pablo Fornals (on for Lanzini 75 ′) – 5

Arthur Masuaku (on for Vlasic 87 ′) – 6

Andriy Yarmolenko (for Antonio 90 + 4 ′) – N / A

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